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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Breaking the Games Workshop fast

See what Andy made me do; I don't even have proper photography space!
So Bryon's friend Andy visited last week, and he brought his Tyranid army among a few other GW odds and ends to paint. I saw that he had some Space Marines, and I asked if he had any beaky marines I could paint -- and he did!

I first got into Warhammer 40K in 1988 (The Rogue Trader days.) My first army was Imperial Guard, but I had a platoon of Space Marines, too. In 1989 or 90, I traded my 40K stuff for my fantasy Empire army (which I still have and has been posted to this blog before.)

Games Workshop's business practices pushed me away in the late 1990s. I've been repainting off-and-on my Empire figures, but I hadn't touched a Space Marine since 1990, until Andy let me paint his. Well, that was fun, I painted a couple up, and they went fast, but the sculpts were crisp and the lines still familiar 25 years and a few incarnations later.

Now, I didn't go out and buy myself a chapter; instead, I went sideways and purchased arguably one of GW's best specialist games ever: Space Hulk. Thank goodness it has only a few minis, but I wanted them protected, so I purchased the Battlefoam tray.

The terminators in the box are Blood Angels, but in my day, I remember the Deathwing Dark Angels, and that's what I wanted, so I picked up the dataslate which has rules for the Dark Angels. Then I went to eBay and bought a squad (+1) of Dark Angels. (The +1 has a plasma cannon which is detailed in the dataslate.)

So here I sit, one week later, $180 spent, and with a 25-year 40K hiatus broken because Andy let me paint a couple beaky space marines. But I'm pretty sure it'll stop there. I have other things to do, so not much extra time or space for more 40K. And if it does go bigger, with say a chapter of space marines, I will name them, in cursing Andy, The 1,000 Dammits. Their color will be Angry Yellow (Bryon and Andy will know what I mean by that.)

(By the way, I am remaining disciplined and have finished quite a bit of work on the Rogue Planet 54mm figures. Still a bit of green stuff work to do, but they're almost ready to be primed. I'll try to get a photo of the pre-primed converted figures later.)


  1. Bwahahah I another falls to the call of 40k minis. Hope you have fun with your Space Hulk stuff, I am honoured to be remembered as the cause of the 1,000 Dammits, may they cause much consternation.

    1. Oh yes, all of the Space Hulk stuff is assembled, cleaned, primed and ready to paint.
      I tried a couple schemes for those genestealers, and in the end, I think I kind of actually like the old-school purple with bluish-black carapace.

      That yellow and silver marine I painted of yours, he'll be the first Dammit. The Dammits will be known for using lots of flame weapons (hand flamers, heavy flamers, possibly some plasma weapons) since we all know that's the best way to fix a 'nid.

  2. Great looking minis - looking forward to the Space Marines.

  3. the sketch is awesome! very much so captures the frustration and anger of relenting to such foul addictions...
    as Rambo said "Just when I thought I was out... they pull me back in."